Our History

History of Challengers Netball Club

Cheltenham Civil Service Netball Club was one of the 8 original clubs that existed when Gloucestershire County Netball Association (GCNA) was formed in 1956.

Cheltenham Civil Service became Civil Service Challengers then C.S.Challengers. Following the 1995/96 season (when nearly all the civil service members had hung up their boots!) the netball club became simply Challengers.

We merged with Tewkesbury Netball Club for the start of the 2004/05 season and moved our training sessions to Tewkesbury Sports Centre.

We currently have 5 teams in the Gloucestershire League and one team that play in Regional League 3.

In June 2006 we were awarded Silver CAPS award and Clubmark and are focused on working hard to develop our juniors.  This silver CAPS was renewed again in 2010.


Club Action Planning Scheme was introduced to help to develop a stronger netball structure, which has the player as its primary focus.

Caps is a whole club development scheme, relevant to clubs that focus their work on adult players and those that work with children and young people.  It assists the club to provide the best quality service for members by creating a specifically trained ‘workforce’ of coaches, umpires and administrators.  The scheme will also ensure other local providers, for example Local Authorities work in partnership to develop sustainable netball opportunities.

Clubmark is the development and accreditation scheme that Sport England has created in partnership with AENA to recognise and accredit clubs that are committed to providing a safe, effective and child-friendly environment for children and young people.